Majella Haverty is the new European Womens Singles Champion after the completion on the 20th European Championships in Hamburg, Germany. She defeated Antonia Neary of Arklow 15-3, 15-5 in the final.
Mark Murphy after a slow start in the first game put in a great performce in the 2nd game and tiebreaker but the effort did not succeed as Germany's Marcel Czempisz ran out the winner
Women's Singles Final
M Haverty(IRL) def A Neary(IRL) 15-3, 15-5
Men's Singles Final
M Czempisz(GER) def M Murphy(IRL) 15-1, 14-15, 11-6
Ireland continues to dominate European Women's racquetball with Majella Haverty & Katie Kenny winning the Women's Doubles. They defeated Antonia Neary and Olivia Downey 15-7, 15-4 in the final.
In the Men's Doubles, Johnny O'Kenny and Mark Murphy were denied the gold by Germany's Joachim Loof and Marcel Czempisz.
Women's Doubles Final
Haverty/Kenny(IRL) def Neary/Downey(IRL) 15-7, 15-4
Men's Doubles Final
Czempisz/Loof(GER) def Murphy/O'Keeney(IRL) 15-13, 15-13
The 40+ Final at the 20th European Championships was another all Irish contest between Eoin Tynan and Kenny Cottrell but it was Tynan who prevailed in the highly contested match winning by 2 games to 1 in the tie-breaker.
Men's 40+ Singles Final
E Tynan(IRL) def K Cottrell(IRL) 15-13 5-15, 11-6
Team Ireland have retained both the Men's & Womens Team titles at the 20th European Championships held in Hamburg, Germany.
Ireland faced hosts Germany in the finals matches to decide the Nations Champions of Europe.
IRL #1 M. Murphy def. GER #1 M. Czempisz 15-4, 5-15, 11-10
IRL #2 E. Tynan def. GER #2 M. Klippel 15-5, 15-9
IRL Doubles Keeney/Cottrell def. GER Bertels/Schmitz 15-14, 15-8
IRL #1 M. Haverty def. GER #1 Y. Mesecke 15-2, 15-0
IRL #2 O. Downey def. GER #2 R. Hartmann 15-1, 15-3
IRL Dbls Neary/Kenny V GER Dbls Mesecke/Hartmann
Following a successful AGM yesterday, August 25th in Tullamore, we are pleased to announce to you the 2019/2020 Racquetball Association of Ireland Committee.
We would like to welcome new comittee members Rosie Downey (Moycullen) as our new Anti-Doping Officer and Brendan Carey (Araglen) as our new Vice President. With that we would like to thank the service of exiting committee members Michael Kelly who has served as Anti Doping Officer for the last four years and to Noel Kehoe, who has done great work as our Children's Officer for the last five years.
Positions still open include Development Officer & Junior Officer. We are happy to accept nominations/volunteers for these positions. Please contact email@example.com
The 2019 Irish Team for the 20th ERF European Championships held in Hamburg, Germany officially announced.
Men's Team: Johnny O'Keeney (Fermoy), Mark Murphy (Kilkenny), Eoin Tynan (Fethard), Ken Cottrell (Kilkenny)
Women's Team: Olivia Downey (Moycullen), Katie Kenny (Castlebar), Toni Neary (Arklow), Majella Haverty (Castlebar)
Team Captains: Ken Cottrell & Majella Haverty
Team Manager: Johnny O'Keeney
The event will be held at the Sport Department which has been the site of past European events. The team compete on 5th-7th September 2019. The team will compete in the team event before proceeding to the individual events with the hope of being crowned European Champions.
The Racquetball Association of Ireland will introduce a Hall of Fame award to coincide with 40th Anniversary of the Association.
There will be 2 category of awards, for athletes who have excelled in the sport and contributors who have excelled in the promotion of the sport. Athletes must be retired from the sports for 3 years before they can be inducted into the Hall of Fame and members of the RAI executive committee are not allowed to be nominated. Full details of the terms and conditions HERE.
The committee has decided in conjunction with the 40th anniversary that six people will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and an announcement will be made shortly.
The tournament calendar for the 2019-20 season has been published. The new season will kick off on the 28th September with a fundraiser for junior racquetball in Kilkenny.
The Annual General Meeting(AGM) of the Association will be held on Sunday 25th August at 11.30am in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly.
All clubs are invited to send 2 representatives to this important meeting.
Motions of Constitution or Rule changes from affiliated clubs should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 3rd August 2019. Nominations from clubs and individuals for any the positions on the EXCO should also be sent by 3rd August 2019.
IMPORTANT TOURNAMENT NOTICE
The All Ireland Singles & Doubles Championships will be held in Kingscourt on the 11th & 12th of May.
Players who were promoted since the 2018 All Ireland Championships may revert back one grade from their current grade for this years championships only.
For example a player who was promoted to the D Grade may compete in the Novice singles at the 2019 All Ireland Championships. This applies to singles only and players must remain in their current grade for doubles.
Promoted players 2018-2019
Important changes to the tournament calendar have been announced, the Galway Open will now be held in Moycullen on the Sat 27th & Sun 28th April with All Ireland Singles & Doubles Championships in Kingscourt on Sat 11th & Sun 12th May